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Katharine DuBois, Lecturing Fellow*

Katharine DuBois

A USA Today bestselling novelist of nineteen historical romances as Katharine Ashe, I now teach part-time at the university. My courses explore representations in popular culture of medieval religion and sexuality, as well as the history of popular romance fiction. As a full-time academic until 2007, my research interests included religious belief and practice in medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My dissertation, Strangers and Sojourners: Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome, traced the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's ancient shrines. I am particularly interested in medieval notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  111 Carr Building, Box_ 90719, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2307
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • HISTORY 248S.01, PUBLISHING & MKTG POP FICTION Synopsis
    Carr 242, WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • RELIGION 261.01, MED CHRISTIANITY IN FILM/FICTN Synopsis
    Social Sciences 311, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 244.01, MEDREN 354.01)
Office Hours:

These vary according to the semester.
Education:

Ph.D.University of Michigan at Ann Arbor2001
B.A.Duke University1989
Specialties:

Medieval and Early Modern History
Cultural History
Gender
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Research Interests: Saints, sanctity, pilgrimage, penance, Christian religious belief and ritual, gender, charity. Geographical interests: Rome, western Mediterranean.

Current projects: Pilgrimage to Rome, penance and penitential devotion, charity, violence and religious justifications for war

My research interests include religious belief and practice in late-medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My book, Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome (Ashgate Press, forthcoming), traces the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's most ancient shrines. I'm particularly interested in fourteenth and fifteenth-century notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.

Areas of Interest:

History of religion, gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages
Social, political and cultural history of the British Empire

Keywords:

medieval • religion • saints • penance • pilgrimage • charity • gender • violence

Bio

Recent Publications

  1. Dubois, KB, Encyclopedia entry: "Roman Jubilee", in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, edited by Izbiki, T (2008), BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, The Netherlands
  2. Dubois, K, Review of "Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance" by Guido Ruggiero, Michigan Feminist Studies no. 8 (1994), ISSN 1055-856X


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